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NCAA Changes Tune, Says It Will Review If It Needs to Review All Buzzer Beaters

Feb 08, 2019 12:12 PM EST
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  • The NCAA says it is reviewing whether or not it needs to review all shots at the ends of games, regardless of whether or not the outcome will change.
  • That's a change from Thursday, when the NCAA said it will review all buzzer beaters at the end of NCAA Tournament games.

Thursday, the NCAA said it would review all buzzer beaters during the NCAA Tournament, regardless of whether or not they impacted the straight-up winner of the game.

Friday morning, it changed its tune. The NCAA released a statement saying a committee will review whether or not it needs to start reviewing calls at the end of games given the sport’s “new gambling environment.” It could be applicable to all regular season and postseason games.

The language in the statement is confusing, and many people on Twitter assumed it meant that the NCAA will begin reviewing all calls. But an NCAA spokesperson confirmed to The Action Network that no decision has been made about whether calls will be reviewed, in the regular season or postseason.

Here’s the NCAA’s statement:

To correct our previous comments, an NCAA membership ad hoc committee examining sports wagering will work with appropriate standing membership committees, specifically playing rules, to direct review of all NCAA policies that might be impacted by the new gambling environment in regular season and postseason play, including reviews of last-second shots. This action is in keeping with our commitment to maintaining the integrity of the games.

This week, two high-profile spreads were swung by buzzer beaters that should not have counted but were not reviewed because the outcome wasn’t affected.

Oklahoma covered as a 3-point underdog against Iowa State thanks to a last-second shot that should not have counted, and Creighton did the same against Villanova.

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